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San Antonio (Ibiza)

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San Antonio (also Sant Antoni) is the second largest town in Ibiza, and is considered by British clubbers to be the clubbing capital of the world. It is situated on San Antonio Bay, on the west of Ibiza.

For two thousand years, San Antonio was a small fishing village, but it began to grow in the late 1950s when many hotels and tourist resorts were built as part of a mass tourism initiative which took place across Spain.

By the 1980s, San Antonio had acquired the stigma of being the holiday location of choice for British football hooligans, which lead to a decline in tourism in the area. However, it regained its popularity in the mid 1990s when it gained a reputation in Britain as being the best place to stay whilst having access to all the islands night clubs, often quoted as the best in the world as well as hosting the best DJs in the world.

Young British clubbers make up the vast majority of visitors to the area, but the laid-back vibe between locals, workers and tourists is apparent throughout the island.

Understand[edit]

Most locals speak English quite well. Or to put it another way, most of the British tourists here don't bother trying to speak any Spanish.

Get in[edit]

By taxi from airport - €27-30.

You can also take the airport bus to Ibiza town and change there or in peak summer season there is a direct bus to San Antonio every 30mins. Will cost around 3 €.

Shared shuttle busses can be organised at a relatively moderate cost, and can work out slightly cheaper than taxi's.

You can also pick up a ferry to/from Barcelona & Palma de Mallorca.

Get around[edit]

Walk. The town is small enough, and beachfront aside safe at all times.

See[edit][add listing]

  • The Egg. The best known landmark in San Antonio, in the center of the roundabout at the front of the town. It is commonly used as a meeting place by groups who have become separated.
  • Passeig de ses Fonts, part of San Antonio's harbourside promenade. This area was developed in the early 1990s to improve the appearance of the town. It features many plants, including palm trees and rubber plants, as well as fountains, which are illuminated by night. The opposite side of the street is lined with pavement cafes and restaurants.
  • West End. The famous strip of bars and small clubs where most tourists spend their evenings. Opening hours are from 2pm (for bars open early for sports or food) or 9pm til either 4am or 6am depending on induvidual opening licenses. Famous/Popular bars include: Viva, Hush, Koppas, Tropicana, Amsterdam Bar, Soul City, Funky Flares. Very loud and swarming with PR reps ready to sell you their souls in exchange for your custom.
  • Sunsets from the Sunset Strip. Several institutions such as Cafe Mambo, Cafe Del Mar and Savannah are the place to go and watch the sun go down. Crowds flock to the bars, the beach and any available spot to watch the sun fall out of sight. Newer locations such as Kanya and Funky Buddah are also beginning to benefit from the trade Ibiza's beautiful sunsets bring a little bit further around the bay.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Clubbing at Eden or Es Paradis (most of the big world famous Ibiza clubs are actually located out of town)
  • Drink in a few west end bars and sit and watch the often crazy world go by
  • Beaches
  • Cruises, speedboats
  • Parasailing
  • Sunsets
  • Workers Parties
  • Party boats
  • Bungee jumping
  • Water Sports
  • Luxury yachts in San Antonio [1], - Yacht charter and sailing, one of the worlds largest acht charter companies, can take care of all charter requirements, from bareboat to crewed in the San Antonio. Operating from nine offices worldwide (USA, Spain, UK, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Caribbean, Honk Kong and Dubai)

Buy[edit][add listing]

"Genuine Imitation" Sunglasses or Shiny lazer shiny lights from the "Looky Looky" men

Eat[edit][add listing]

The Town is full of pizzerias, Chinese restaurants and bars. It's difficult to find decent restaurant with local food.

There is fast food available within the town, with a Burger King, KFC and Subway within a stones throw of the vibrant West End.

  • Davids Pizzeria. Set menu priced at €12.50 available until 9pm offers unbeatable value for a 3 course meal and drink. In peak season it becomes very very busy with a waiting list and large queue.
  • The Curry Club. Over priced and under flavoured indian food, but still remains popular with a beautiful garden eating area.
  • Zebra Art&Grill. Soletat 43, 07820 Sant Antoni (near Kanya). This restaurant serves delicious meals prepared with fresh ingredients and an artisan's pride in preparation and presentation - a fact largely wasted on the hoardes of Brits looking for a fry-up or microwave pizza, which is probably why the prices are very reasonable.
  • ECO & ACT (The Village), Plaza de España 5 (north of the island), [2]. Lunch brunch snack dinner place.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

The West End is an area in San Antonio covering several blocks, filled almost entirely with British bars, each of which has one or more pr's outside, trying to entice customers with offers of cheap drinks. Though most of the bars are disco bars, many are geared towards drinking on the seated terrace.

  • Cafe Mambo - Viewed as the younger, spritely alternative to it's next-door-neighbour, Mambo often has live dj's playing chill-out music during sunsets, before handing over control to whichever DJ is promoting their event at one of the islands clubs. Can get busy on the pathway when a popular DJ is playing. Drinks and food get pricey during sunset and tables are often booked prior with a minimum spend agreed.
  • Café del Mar - This is the must spot to catch an amazing sunset set to chillout music. A perfect start to any night.
  • Viva Ibiza The local bar for all the workers and is busy til 6am. Ask to buy a Viva wristband (€5) and then all summer (if you are a worker) or all week (if you are a tourist) your drinks will be over 50% cheaper there than in any other bar in town.
  • Bar Amsterdam - Cheap drinks offers but they dont always use the best quality drinks in your deal.
  • Es Paradis, [3]. Located in downtown, the pyramid shaped club is decorated in a roman theme and is most famous for its water party Fiesta Del Aqua.
  • Eden, [4]. Next door to Es Paradis. It is one of the newer clubs on the island, having travelled a long way in a short period of time, thanks to hosting nights by UK Radio One DJ's Judge Jules and Pete Tong.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

When the sun comes up, it is the best time to sleep. The locals have the town in the day, and singing crowds are likely to keep you awake at night. It's hot all day and night, so you have to be either very tired or have an air-conditioned room.

  • Hotel Gran Sol Voted as one of Ibiza´s best hotels on Trip Advisor, newly renovated in 2010 and located in a quieter corner of the resort just a short walk away from the town centre and the famous sunset strip. Brilliantly run, great facilities and enables those seeking both a quiet place to sleep and a location close enough to party to leave satisfied. Hotel Gran Sol
  • Hostel Roca Located in the centre of San Antonio, in a pedestrian street full of shops and stalls, just a couple of blocks away from the West End and only a short walk to the Sunset strip and its trendy bars. Hostel Roca
  • Piscis Park As you'd expect for a hotel where you can pay single figures for a room. A place to get your head down once the sun comes up rather than somewhere to eat, sleep and store anything remotely valuable.

Get out[edit]

Look for local clubs and bars that have pre-parties and buses to big clubs outside town. You may need to buy tickets in advance (prices range from €12 to €50)

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